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Johnny Willetts
(John Joseph Willetts)

BORN   June 5 1888; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DIED 1965 or 1966
HEIGHT 5-7
WEIGHT 133 lbs

 

 

Willetts was a pesky, scrappy and talented fighter who tangled with some of the best Philadelphia lightweights during his time; Johnny was a left-handed boxer

During his career, Willetts defeated such men as Joe Sieger, Johnny Dougherty, Kid Harris, Joe Golden and Curly Ulrich; Fighting in the period of "No Decision" bouts, he was judged as the "better man" in a number of these

1907
Feb 22 Dick Arata                 Philadelphia, Pa                   KO  3
Jun  7 Kid Williams               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Jun 27 Kid Williams               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Oct 17 Kid Harris                 Lancaster, Pa                      ND  6
Oct 29 Kid Harris                 Philadelphia, Pa                   LT  2

1908
          -Willets won an Amateur title with seven knockouts
Jun  9 Jack Weldon                Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
       Jack Blackburn                                                EX   
Nov 10 Joe Heffernan              Philadelphia, Pa                   LK  1
Nov 17 Joe Golden                 Philadelphia, Pa                   KO  1
Dec  1 Kid Harris                 Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Dec 14 Joe Rogers                 Philadelphia, Pa                   KO  1
       Jack Blackburn                                                EX   
Dec 22 Barney Ford                Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Dec 29 Johnny Dougherty           Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6

1909
Jan  2 Dick O'Rara                Philadelphia, Pa                   KO  3
Jan  4 Kid Williams               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Jan  4 Harry Foley                Philadelphia, Pa                   KO  1
         -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jan  6 Johnny Dougherty           Essington, Pa                      ND 10
          -Some sources report "W 10" on 1/08/09
Jan  8 Kid Williams               Philadelphia, Pa                   KO  3
Jan 12 Ben Douglas                New York, NY                       LT  3
Jan 15 Kid Harris                 Lancaster, Pa                      ND  6
Jan 19 Joe Golden                 Philadelphia. Pa                   KO  1
Jan 20 Mart Doyle                 Philadelphia, Pa                   KO  2
Jan 22 Barney Ford                Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Jan 25 Billy Stillman             Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Jan 26 Johnny Dougherty           Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Jan 29 Dick Nelson                Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Jan 29 Kid Harris                 Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Jan 29 Eddie Carter               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
          -The previous 3 bouts were held the same date
Feb  2 Johnny Hogan               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Feb  9 Kid Harris                 Harrisburg, Pa                     ND  6
Feb 13 Tommy Kelly                Philadelphia, Pa                   KO  5
Feb 15 Kid Harris                 Philadelphia, Pa                   KO  1
Feb 16 Rosario "Kid" Locke        Philadelphia, Pa                   LK  2
Feb 17 Joe Rodgers                Philadelphia, Pa                   KO  1
Feb 19 Mike Loughlin              Philadelphia, Pa                   KO  1
Feb 27 Jack Weldon                Philadelphia, Pa                   KO  1
Feb 27 Kid Harris                 Philadelphia, Pa                   KO  1
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Mar  2 Rosario "Kid" Locke        Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Mar  8 Eddie Carter               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Mar 16 Rosario "Kid" Locke        Philadelphia, Pa                   LK  1
Mar 22 Eddie Carter               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Mar 23 Rosario "Kid" Locke        Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Mar 24 Eddie Murphy               Philadelphia, Pa                   KO  1
Mar 26 Dick Nelson                Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Mar 30 Billy Herman               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Apr  5 Billy Stillman             Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Apr 13 Billy Herman               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Apr 22 Johnny Hogan               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Apr 20 Johnny Dougherty           Essington, Pa                      ND 10
Apr 29 Charles Miller             Mahonoy City, Pa                   ND 10
May  3 Rosario "Kid" Locke        Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
May  8 Young [Kid] Dixon          Philadelphia, Pa                   KO  3
May 11 Eddie "Spike" McAvoy       Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
May 13 Billy Herman               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
May 22 Sailor Dixon               Philadelphia, Pa                   KO  1
Jun  3 Billy Herman               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Jun 11 Curly Ulrich               Philadelphia, Pa                   TK  5
Jun 18 Billy Donovan              Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Jun 21 Young Loughrey             Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Jun 29 Charles "Twin" Miller      Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Jul  9 Young Loughrey             Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Jul 13 "Young" Kid Broad          Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Jul 18 Eddie "Spike" McAvoy       Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Jul 18 "Young" Kid Broad          Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Jul 27 Young Loughrey             Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Aug 10 Young Loughrey             Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Aug 26 Rosario "Kid" Locke        Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Sep  3 Young Nitchie              Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Sep 11 Mickey Gannon              Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Sep 24 Young Nitchie              Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Oct  9 Mickey Gannon              Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Oct 16 Joe Hirst                  Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Oct 26 Young Erne                 Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Nov 13 Young Erne                 Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Dec 28 Joe Hirst                  Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6

1910
Jan  8 Mickey Gannon              Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Feb 15 Willie Lucas               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Mar 28 Young Nitchie              Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Apr 12 Young Nitchie              Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Apr 30 Leo Houck                  Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
May 24 Adam Ryan                  Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Jun  4 Grover Hayes               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Sep  9 Young Nitchie              Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Sep 13 Tommy Howell               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Sep 22 John "Unk" Russell         Pittsburgh, Pa                     ND  6
Oct 10 Billy Donovan              Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Oct 13 Milburn "Young" Saylor     Pittsburgh, Pa                     ND  6
Nov 15 Billy Willis               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Nov 22 Fred Kelly                 Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Dec  2 Willie Moody               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Dec 20 Grover Hayes               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Dec 26 Willie Moody               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6

1911
Jan 17 George Griffin             Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Feb 11 John "Young" McCartney     Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Feb 25 Eugene "Reddy" Holt        Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Mar  4 Frank Loughrey             Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Mar  7 Grover Hayes               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Mar 17 Willie Moody               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Mar 25 Pete McVey                 Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Apr  2 Tommy Carey                Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Apr 17 Joe Heffernan              Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Apr 21 Joe Sieger                 Savannah, Ga                        W 15
May 16 Al Dewey                   Easton, Pa                         ND 10
          -Some sources report 5/15/11
May 23 Eddie Murphy               Boston, Ma                          L 12
Jul 12 Jack McCarron              Allentown, Pa                      ND 10
          -Some sources report 7/13/11
Jul 18 Charles Turner             Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Jul 22 John "Young" McCartney     Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Sep 14 Joe Hirst                  Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Sep 21 Young Erne                 Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Oct  2 Al Dewey                   Wilkes-Barre, Pa                   ND 10

1912
Mar 28 Eddie Revoire              Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Apr 11 Eddie Revoire              Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Apr 23 Eugene "Reddy" Holt        Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Apr 26 Whitey Baker               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Apr 30 Charles Turner             Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
May 11 Teddy Maloney              Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
May 14 Joe Hirst                  Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
May 24 "Young" Tommy Coleman      Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Jun 20 Pete Malone                Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Jul 15 Tommy Connors                                                  L  6
Aug  6 Frank Loughrey             Norristown, Pa                     LF  6
Aug 22 Jack Fink                  Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Sep 10 Dave Deshler               Boston, Ma                          L 10
Sep 12 Kid Tracey                 Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  3
Sep 12 Jimmy Crouse               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Oct  3 Pete Malone                Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Oct 19 Kid Tracey                 Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Oct 21 Eddie Revoire              Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Oct 24 Curly Taylor               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Nov  5 Willie Moody               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Nov 14 Jack Fink                  Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Nov 21 Pete Malone                Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Nov 28 Billy Donovan              Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Dec 10 Eddie Revoire              Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
          -Some sources report 12/11/12
Dec 23 Harry Baker                Chester, Pa                        ND  6

1913
Jan  9 Eddie Oliver               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Jan 18 Al Wambsganss              Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Feb  3 Joe Heffernan              Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Feb 11 Harry Baker                Philadelphia, Pa                   LT  2
Jul  1 Swat Adamson               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Jul 15 Harry Baker                Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Sep  9 Johnny "Kid" Alberts       Philadelphia, Pa                   LT  2
         -Willetts received a broken jaw


*** The Following Bouts Are Reported But Not Confirmed ***

1909
Jan 18 Joe Heffernan              Philadelphia, Pa                   KO  1
May 17 Rosario "Kid" Locke        Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Jul  5 Curley Ulrich              Philadelphia, Pa                   KO  6

1912
       Eddie Revoire                                                 ND  6
Oct 25 Billy Donovan              Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6


Record courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization
 

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